back·​hand·​er | \ ˈbak-ˈhan-dər How to pronounce backhander (audio) \

Definition of backhander

1 British : bribe
2 : a backhand shot

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She hit a backhander into the net. the customs official let us know that he might be prepared to look the other way if an appropriate backhander was slipped into his palm
Recent Examples on the Web With Varlamov out of position, Barkov had an open right side of the net to shoot at only to have Pulock dive across and deflect Barkov’s backhander over the net. John Wawrow,, "Panthers eliminated from playoffs in Game 4 rout," 7 Aug. 2020 With Varlamov out of position, Barkov had an open right side of the net to shoot at only to have Pulock dive across and deflect Barkov's backhander over the net. John Wawrow, Star Tribune, "Islanders advance with 5-1 win over Panthers," 7 Aug. 2020 On the first, the Bruins backed off on the rush, and after Myers hit the pipe with a backhander from the slot, Pearson cleaned up a rebound as Charlie McAvoy couldn’t box out Eriksson. Matt Porter,, "Canucks take advantage of road-weary Bruins and other observations," 23 Feb. 2020 The Wings scored their first power play goal in nine games, a backhander by Robby Fabbri off a Larkin pass, but that unit was awful on its other three opportunities. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Dylan Larkin shows some frustration as losses continue to mount," 1 Dec. 2019 Grubauer made a glove save on Ryan Donato’s backhander in the first period, and Ryan Hartman’s chance just ahead of the Colorado defense went wide right in the second. Michael Kelly, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rantanen extends hot start, leads Avs past Wild 4-2," 5 Oct. 2019 The Bruins took the lead early in the second when Spooner's backhander from just outside the crease caromed into the net off the right skate of Montreal forward Jonathan Drouin. USA TODAY, "Bruins beat Canadiens 4-1 in coach Julien's return to Boston," 17 Jan. 2018 On the first, Ondrej Kase cut in and the goalie made a blocker save on a backhander. Ken Powtak, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pastrnak scores 4 goals to carry Bruins past Ducks 4-2," 14 Oct. 2019 Nielsen also had the Wings' next shot on net during a short-handed situation but Campbell made another leg save on his backhander. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings take a step back in 4-2 loss to Western Conference-worst Kings," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of backhander

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backhander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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sports : a backhanded shot

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